glitter clothespins
{from angry julie monday}

by @according2kelly on November 3, 2012

for the entire month of november we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season.

& the holidays are coming a wee bit earlier for a few lucky readers, thanks to our three amazing giveaways. be sure to head over to today’s featured bloggers {angry julie mondayfor a chance to win a silhouette portrait, decoart paints & stencils, and michael’s gift card. 

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welcome to our holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along” – helping you prepare handmade gifts for this holiday season all month long. yep! yep! an entire month of projects.  

so dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects.

rev up your mixers, & visit a southern fairytale for lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss.

& to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go HERE.

today, our featured blogger is the jule, of angry julie monday. julie write…

Well Hello There!!! I’m Julie from Angry Julie Monday, and I’m super excited to be part of this year’s Holiday Craft Along! Kelly is one of my best friends and I’m so honored that she contacted me about participating this year. For the past few years, I’ve been super crafty {when I have time and life is not chaotic}. Last year I did a simple craft with Mod Podge that is a big hit, year round, Glitter Clothespins!

These Glitter Clothespins are super cute and simple with just a bit of glitter and Modge! I wanted to a get a little creative with my usual Holiday card display so I made these fun clothespins and clipped the cards onto a white metal chain that I purchased from Lowe’s.

Merry Christmas 2010

Because glitter makes everything better right, well, and unicorns too. I looked at several tutorials and figured it out on my own.

I’m going to share my step-by-step process here. All of the photos are taken with my iPhone. I had Mod Podge, Glitter, etc. out and did not want to get my DSLR messy.

Glitter Clothespins Tutorial

Supplies Needed:

  • Wood Clothespins
  • Glitter (I used Martha Stewart Glitter. Everyone tells me that it is the best glitter.)
  • Mod Podge (Gloss Version with the Orange Label)
  • Foam Brushes
  • Brown Craft Paper (To do the project on, not make a mess)
  • Bowl (To catch the extra glitter)

Step 1: Set Out Your Supplies

Glitter Clothespins Supplies

I chose to do this project on my kitchen counter. Glitter is the herpes of the craft world. It gets everywhere. I wanted to be able to sweep the mess into my sink after it was all done. I set down the brown craft paper and gathered my supplies.

Step 2: Open The Mod Podge Container, Organize Clothespins, Grab a Container of Glitter, and Get some Mod Podge on the Foam Brush

Supplies for Glitter Clothespins

This step should be self-explanatory. Set everything out for the first set. I did my clothespins in groups of five. I did five of each color. I was going with a rainbow theme. Note: My husband LOATHES, actually HATES this rainbow trend. His problem, not mine. Make sure you do one color of glitter at a time, that is, doing all of the clothespins with one color, then put the extra glitter back. It is much easier to clean-up if you do it this way.

Step 3: Apply Mod Podge to the Clothespins, and Add Glitter

Applying Glitter to Clothespins

I inserted the foam brush into the container of Mod Podge. I did not get a ton of the Mod Podge on the brush, I was gentle. I coated the long side of the clothespin with the Mod Podge. I was careful to not let it drip everywhere, because that makes a mess, and I don’t want the excess glitter to stick everywhere that it shouldn’t be. I then grabbed a bowl and a container of glitter. I shook the glitter all over the Mod Podge coated clothespin, with the excess falling in the bowl. When I was done making the clothespins with a certain color, I made a paper funnel to dump the glitter back into its original container. I made my paper funnel because I can never find anything in this house. I know we have a small funnel somewhere.

Step 4: Leave the Clothespins Out to Dry, Glitter Side Up

Set The Clothespins out to dry

Set the clothespins out to dry. Make sure you have them glitter side up. Otherwise the Mod Podge will stick everywhere, and you will be peeling the clothespins off of the brown craft paper. I actually did it right the first time, which is completely shocking. I let the clothespins sit on the paper for a few days, like three or four to fully dry.

Step 5: Apply Mod Podge on Top of the Glitter

Apply Mod Podge on top of glitter

I used a foam brush and Mod Podge to seal the glitter. I lightly brushed the Mod Podge on the glittered clothespins. I then left them to dry for three to four more days. I coated the tops of the clothespins with the Mod Podge because otherwise, glitter would be everywhere. Like I said before, Glitter is the herpes of the craft world. By sealing the glitter, I can use these clothespins for a long time. After they were dry, I gathered them up and placed them into a freezer bag. I pull a different color out when I receive a new Holiday Card.

Here’s an example of how the cards look when hung by the glitter clothespins. Pretty!

Other Uses and Ideas for Glittered Clothespins:

1. Paint the clothespins first. I’ve seen the clothespins painted to match the color of the glitter. They look awesome.

2. Magnets. You can glue a magnet onto the back of the clothespin to use on refrigerators to hang notes, schoolwork, etc.

3. Art displays. Hang a clotheslines, and hang up children’s artwork. They were look very snazzy hanging from the sparkly clothespins.

Check out more of my favorite posts on my blog: Planning a camping trip via the Internet, Photographing Team Sparkle at The Ragnar Relay, Instagram: What Not To Do, and PVC Pipe Fort Tutorial.

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for more great ideas be sure to julie at her blog angry julie monday. & be sure to connect with her on twitter,  facebook, pinterest, & flickr


Julie also known as Angry Julie, spends forty hours a week educating the public that everything they see on television crime dramas is wrong, while taking their photograph at the same time. Julie has been blogging over at her blog, Angry Julie Monday for over 5 years now. In her spare time she takes pictures with her Nikon camera and her iphone, along with occasionally crafting, and finding time for her newest hobby, running! Julie posts pictures of fun things that she does with her family, interesting photographs, home decor projects, and her running successes on her blog as much as she can!

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Thanks so much for the tips! They turned out beautiful!

Tonya Staab
Tonya Staab

I love these. 'Tis the season for glitter. Thanks for sharing Julie.

Ad K.
Ad K.

Those clothespins are pretty cute and will look pretty cool hanging with the kids art work on the fridge. Thank goodness they are sealed and won't leave a trail of sparkles everywhere!

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